Curved lines to form a tear drop
Below are instruction for using GIMP to make the curved lines around a tear drop.
To help you understand the instructions below, it may be useful to watch this 5-minute video first.
1. Download some water
Go to freeimages.com & search for lake. Click on a royalty-free image to enlarge it. Use Cmd/Shift/4 to select a portion of water that is the approximate dimensions of the teardrop.
2. Draw textured teardrop
We will draw a teardrop on the lake so that it can have some texture. Here are the steps:
- Upload rectangular picture from lake into GIMP.
- Click on Paths tool icon.
- Click near the bottom left edge (watch animated GIF on the right) of the lake picture.
- Click on the right edge directly opposite the first click. A thin line automatically connects the 2 dots. After clicking, do NOT lift your finger from the mouse.
- By keeping your finger on the mouse and moving it a bit, the 2 handles will show up. (See the animated GIF to the right.) Click on a handle, hold down and move. Experiment to see what happens. Create the bottom curve of the teardrop.
- Click Stroke Path. Increase the line width to, say, 12 pixels. Click the Stroke button.
- Click on any icon such as the Rectangle Select tool to save the line.
- You will see the bottom of the curved line as a wide permanent line.
- Using the methods above, draw the two curved sides of the teardrop.
- Click on the Pencil tool.
- Change the size to 12.
- Use the animated GIF beneath Draw textured teardrop above. Notice how the Pencil tool was used to fill in all of the space outside the teardrop with a solid colour.
- Use the Fuzzy Select tool.
- Click on the solid colour part and then click the Delete key. You will see the teardrop. Everything else will be invisible.
More about curved lines
Watch a video about the GIMP Paths tool.